Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:28 AM by Beth Saboe
ENNIS - Hot and windy weather on Sunday pushed the Eureka fire to 5,466 acres.
The wildfire is burning 38 miles south of Ennis in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. It sparked July 25 by lightning. Fire bosses say the blaze is 15% contained.
A Red Flag warning continues today for the area and managers say the weather forecasted for the next couple of days will test firefighters' efforts. Our MTN meteorologists say temperatures will be in the low 80s and winds will increase in the afternoon to 10 to 20 miles per hour.
According to a press release, an area near the Eureka Fire will be closed. This includes all roads and trails and essentially covers all access routes within the Eureka Basin Fire area. A detailed description of the closure order can be found here.